Lenten Vespers

Event Date: 
March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

These services are...

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:33 am in Upcoming Events.

Lenten Listening

This Wednesday we embark on the season of Lent beginning with an Ash Wednesday service. During Lent many Christians commit to fasting, or giving up "luxuries," adding daily devotionals, or adjusting life in some way to replicate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is a way for us to be intentional in our own lives, turning our attention outward rather than inward; giving up some of our own needs in order to understand the needs of others.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:27 am in Featured Content.

Youth Winter Retreat

Event Date: 
February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

All Youth are invited...

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Chapel Concert Series: Bryan Sirchio

Event Date: 
February 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

First Cong is...

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm in Upcoming Events.

Lend me your ears: Listening to God and Neighbor

This past Advent, we engaged in a sermon series on "fear." It became clear as the series unfolded that fear often comes from the unknown. To ease the unknown, communication is helpful. It seems that fear of others who are not like us, or situations unfamiliar to us, often come because we don't interact enough to understand one another.  Communication with others can happen using a variety of tools, but the most common method involves speaking and listening. Some of us are good at speaking articulately. Some of us are good at listening attentively. Both are necessary. We want to take the opportunity this Lenten season to enhance our listening skills as a means of deepening our connection with God and neighbor. Using the gospel texts for Lent, our sermon series will pay close attention to the people, places, and messages in the scriptures as we listen to the words we hear and what they might be asking of us.

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm in Featured Content.

OWL: Our Whole Lives

Event Date: 
February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

First Cong will be offering...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 11:57 am in Upcoming Events.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Event Date: 
February 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

The season of Lent begins...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 11:52 am in Upcoming Events.

Chili, Cornbread, and Congregational Camaraderie Before the Budget

Event Date: 
February 11, 2018 - 11:30am

Put a double circle...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 11:50 am in Upcoming Events.

From Madison to Kenya

 This Sunday First Congregational will have a great opportunity to hear from the students who have participated in PA-MOJA, a project that connects people and wildlife.  More importantly, it has connected students from East High School in Madison to Malek Secondary in Laikipia, Kenya. Leading the program for East High School is our very own Leigh Viersta. Many of you remember Leigh as a child of First Cong, but she has also been supported by First Cong in her personal growth. In 2006 Leigh traveled to the Marshall Islands, as a teacher. You might remember Leigh brought back baskets as a gift to the church. We use these baskets to collect our offering the first Sunday of every month, which we will be using this Sunday. It is our honor to promote this adventure of learning for youth in the PA-MOJA Project.

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 11:44 am in Featured Content.

Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
February 24, 2018 - 8:00am

The group is discussing ...

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Upcoming Events.

Spiritual Practice Academy

Event Date: 
February 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Reading Poetry as Spiritual Practice: 

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Conversation

Event Date: 
January 28, 2018 - 11:15am

A discussion about...

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm in Upcoming Events.

A Day to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King's Work

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ MLK
            For three years, students led by educators from the Madison Christian Community, First Congregational UCC and Beth Israel Center have joined together as faith communities in a youth service day to honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm in Featured Content.


Event Date: 
February 11, 2018 - 11:30am

MAKO demonstration...

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm in Upcoming Events.


Event Date: 
February 4, 2018 - 11:15am

All are invited to...

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm in Upcoming Events.

White Privilege: Listening

In the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017 we offered nine classes using curriculum from the United Church of Christ titled White Privilege: Let's Talk. The UCC curriculum and other outside resources gave us the opportunity to learn about racism and white privilege from an historical perspective. In those classes we were enlightened by those who wrote the curriculum. We also were asked to write a spiritual autobiography through the lens of race.  We were able, during those classes, to share our own perspectives and understandings of race.

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm in Featured Content.

55 Alive!

Event Date: 
February 7, 2018 - 11:30am

Advocacy in Sustainability...

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm in Upcoming Events.

All-Church Ice Skating Party

Event Date: 
January 28, 2018 - 1:00pm


Posted on January 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm in Upcoming Events.

Recycle the Warmth

Event Date: 
January 26, 2018 - 10:00am

It's time to collect...

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm in Upcoming Events.

Intergenerational Supper & Movie Night

Event Date: 
January 26, 2018 - 5:30pm

In an animated film based on...

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Upcoming Events.

Opportunities Galore!

Adult Education at First Cong takes place in many ways. Short and long-term classes, conversation and support groups, book studies, and prayer practice groups are just some of the ways we continue learning how life and faith intersect. The primary goal of our Adult Education Committee is to provide opportunities that allow us to understand, deepen, and act on our faith. Some upcoming offerings include...

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 11:56 am in Featured Content.

Caregiver Support Group Saturday Coffee

Event Date: 
January 27, 2018 - 9:00am

Our next gathering...

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm in Upcoming Events.

Interfaith Reformation Reading Group

Event Date: 
January 5, 2018 - 2:00pm

Are you interested in...

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm in Upcoming Events.

Epiphany Sunday

This Sunday is Epiphany Sunday, when we celebrate the arrival of the Magi to the manger in Bethlehem. Traditionally, we celebrate the Prison Ministry Project on Epiphany Sunday because when the Magi arrive, they bow down in recognition of a power greater than the secular power they represent. The greater power of the baby in the manger is the power we claim when we go to prison. 

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm in Featured Content.

Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

Here is our winter weather cancellation policy. 

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 11:31 am in Featured.

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